WinStar leave American Pharoah's sire Pioneerof The Nile at $110,000
Always Dreaming and Good Samaritan join the roster
WinStar Farm have announced the 2019 stud fees for its 22-stallion roster, again headed by Pioneerof The Nile, whose fee remains unchanged at $110,000.
WinStar also welcomes two new stallions to its roster in Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Xpressbet Florida Derby, and Jim Dandy Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets winner Good Samaritan.
"WinStar stallions have enjoyed another exceptional year, and we're proud of their success across the board, both on the racetrack and in the sales ring," said Elliott Walden, president and CEO of WinStar.
"We're excited about the future, and our mission is to continue offering breeders industry-shaping sire power through our diverse roster."
Pioneerof The Nile remains in the upper echelon of sires with outstanding results on the racetrack and in the sales ring. He is the sire of two two-year-old male Eclipse Award winners and two Breeders' Cup World Championships winners from his first four crops to race: Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Classic Empire .
His 2018 sale yearlings averaged $392,000 and included two seven-figure purchases at $1.05 million and $1m at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. His two-year-olds averaged $246,643 and included two that sold for more than $800,000, with one of those bringing the second-highest price of $850,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales March sale. The son of Empire Maker is the the leading sixth-crop cumulative sire in nearly every category, according to WinStar.
Represented by a recent slew of Grade 1 winners, international stalwart More Than Ready has had his fee increased to $80,000 for next season. He has been represented by Runhappy Travers Stakes and Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes winner Catholic Boy, who joined California Chrome as the only three-year-olds to win a Grade 1 on dirt and turf this decade; Roy H, back-to-back winner of the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes and winner of the 2017 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint; United Nations Stakes winner Funtastic; and Rushing Fall, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and a multiple Grade 2 winner this year.
Perennial top stallion Speightstown continues to sire high-level horses both on the racetrack and in the sales ring and is an emerging sire of sires, with four of his sons siring a Grade/Group 1 winner. He has sired 14 Grade 1 winners on every surface from 6f to 10f worldwide. He is represented by 2018 Graded stakes winners Qurbaan, Switzerland, Yorkton, National Flag, and Strike Power. He will stand for $80,000.
By WinStar stallion Bodemeister, Always Dreaming hails from the Unbridled sire line, which is the most dominant classic sire line in recent years. Always Dreaming broke his maiden by 11 and a half lengths in January of his three-year-old season and rolled through four consecutive victories, culminating with his triumph in the Kentucky Derby. He captured the Florida Derby by a decisive five lengths in his stakes debut, covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.47, marking the fastest running of the race since Alydar in 1978. Always Dreaming will stand for $25,000.
Good Samaritan, a versatile millionaire son of Harlan's Holiday, was a four and three-quarter length winner of the Jim Dandy in his first start on the dirt and is also a Graded winner on the turf, having annexed the Summer Stakes at Woodbine at two. He captured the New Orleans Handicap in his two-year-old debut and won or placed in eight Graded stakes while earning $1,309,450. Good Samaritan is from a deep female family. His fourth dam, La Affirmed, is the granddam of Grade 1 winner Sky Mesa and a half-sister to champion two-year-old filly Outstandingly. Good Samaritan will stand for $12,500.
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